Indian Rotis (Chapatis) That You Will Relish Till the Last Bite

Indian Rotis (Chapatis) That You Will Relish Till the Last Bite

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Different types of Indian bread are a remarkable feature of our cultural diversity. In today’s world, these are not restricted to particular states. Every home can relish the great taste of every variant of rotis out there.

Nutritious Indian Rotis With Recipes

Right from the missi roti recipe to the popular naans and kulchas, the varieties of Indian rotis are endless. Here are a few of those that are not only nutritious but also quite easy to prepare at home.

1. Varqi Paratha

Quite popular in Mughlai cuisine, this is one of those heavy rotis that tastes great with paneer dishes.

Varqi Paratha
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Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Rice flour – ½ cup
  • Ghee – 5 tbsp
  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Wheat flour – 2 cups

Total Cook Time:

  • About 45-50 minutes

Servings:

  • Approximately 6 parathas

How to Make:

  • Start by mixing together ghee and rice flour in a bowl to form a paste. In another bowl, pour the other flours along with some salt.
  • Add some water and milk and begin to knead it together to form a dough. Let it sit for half an hour.
  • Once done, divide the mixture into 12 balls and roll each of them into a paratha. Coat it with the rice flour paste.
  • Now place one paratha above another with a slight offset and apply more paste. Repeat until 6 such parathas have been coated and topped over each other.
  • Repeat the same with the remaining 6 balls. Finally, roll the two mega parathas into a log shape and cut that out into 6 portions each.
  • Add a little olive oil to a heated pan. Roll one portion into a paratha and cook till it is brownish golden. Repeat for each portion and serve.

2. Phulka

A lot of places in India are aware of the phulka recipe as it forms an integral part of their daily meals.

Phulka
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Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Oil, 1 tsp
  • Wheat flour – 1 cup

Total Cook Time:

  • Around 30 minutes

Servings: 

  • Approximately 6 phulkas

How to Make: 

  • Begin by taking flour, salt and oil in a bowl and mixing them together. Knead the mixture and add water if needed. Once the dough is set and non-sticky, let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small balls. Take a ball, flatten it on the board, sprinkle a little flour, and roll it into a thin chapati.
  • On a hot pan, place the chapati and cook till bubbles start forming on the surface. Flip the chapati and repeat the same.
  • Once it starts getting a little brown, take out the tawa and place the chapati directly on the flame to puff it up. Use tongs to take it off the flame.
  • Apply ghee to this phulka and serve.

3. Kashmiri Roti

A great Kashmiri style of preparing a roti, this recipe makes use of yeast to make the roti soft and delicious.

Kashmiri Roti
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Ingredients:

  • Ghee
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Dry yeast – 1tsp
  • Wheat flour – 2 cups

Total Cook Time:

  • About an hour

Servings:

  • Approximately 10-12 rotis

How to Make:

  • Take a bowl and add yeast, sugar and milk to it. In another bowl, mix salt and wheat flour together. After some time, pour the contents of the previous bowl to this.
  • Add some water and knead to make the dough. Keep this aside for half an hour.
  • Prepare the oven by heating it to 250 degrees. Make 10 portions of the dough and roll each of those into a thick roti.
  • Place them on the oven tray and bake them on high temperature for about 5 minutes.
  • Take them out and cook them on the stove flame until they get brown coloured spots on each side
  • Dab the rotis with ghee and serve.

4. Naan Roti

One of the most popular rotis in India, this naan roti recipe can be made at home.

Naan Roti
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Black til – 5 tsp
  • Salt
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Curd – 1 tbsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Dry yeast – ½ tsp

Total Cook Time:

  • About 45 minutes

Servings:

  • Approximately 10 naan rotis

How to Make:

  • Put together water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • In a larger bowl, add flour, salt, ghee, curd and mix them together. Pour the sugar-yeast mix as well, and knead it to form a dough.
  • Keep this covered for half an hour. Once the dough has swollen, make roughly 10 portions of it.
  • Pat each portion flat on a board and sprinkle a few til seeds on it. Roll this into an oval-shaped thick roti.
  • Place the roti on a heated pan with the til seeds facing down. Cook each side till the roti puffs up and then give it a roast directly on the flame.
  • Prepare the remaining rotis in a similar manner and apply some butter on it before serving.

5. Kulcha

The name itself sounds mouth-watering and the paneer variant of this kulcha is absolutely delicious.

Kulcha
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Ingredients:

  • Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Jeera powder – ¼ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Paneer – 100g
  • Milk
  • Curd – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda – ¼ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Maida – 2 cups

Total Cook Time:

  • About 1.5 hours

Servings:

  • Approximately 5 kulchas

How to Make:

  • Take a bowl and add together maida, salt, sugar, baking soda, curd, butter and milk. Mix it all together to form a dough and keep aside for an hour.
  • In another bowl, grate the paneer and add coriander, jeera and chilli powder, garam masala and some salt to it. Make 5 balls of this mixture.
  • Divide the dough into 5 large balls. Take one of those, flatten it on the board and roll it into a circle. Place the tiny paneer mix ball in the centre and close the sides of the roti.
  • Roll this once again carefully making sure the paneer stays inside. Heat a pan and cook the kulcha on it till it turns brown. Add ghee or oil to it if necessary.
  • Repeat for the remaining mixture and serve.

6. Bajra Roti

As traditional as a chapati recipe might be to the Indian cuisine, bajra roti is traditional in Rajasthan.

Bajra Roti
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Ingredients:

  • Ghee
  • Wheat flour – ½ cup
  • Salt
  • Bajra flour – 2 cups

Total Cook Time:

  • Around half an hour

Servings:

  • Approximately 8 rotis

How to Make:

  • Take a large bowl and add together salt, wheat flour and bajra flour with warm water. Knead them  to form a dough.
  • Divide this into 8 parts and roll each of those into a thick roti. Sprinkle some wheat flour to ease the process.
  • On a non-stick pan, place the roti and heat till it starts showing wrinkles on the surface. Flip it over and cook the other side as well.
  • Finally, remove the pan and place the roti directly on the flame for a couple of seconds holding it with a pair of tongs.
  • Do the same with the remaining dough and roll out all bajra rotis. Dab them with some butter or ghee for better taste.

7. Sindhi Koki Roti

The variety of rotis are as endless as the cultures in India, and the koki roti brings a very special addition to that collection.

Sindhi Koki Roti
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Anardana powder – 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander – 2 tbsp
  • Onions – ½ cup
  • Wheat flour – 2 cups

Total Cook Time: 

  • About half an hour

Servings:

  • Approximately 6 koki rotis

How to Make:

  • Take a large bowl and put together all the ingredients one by one. Add water to this mixture and begin kneading to form a dough.
  • Divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Take one part, place on a board, and use the rolling pin to roll it into a roti.
  • Prick each roti with a fork. Do it all over the roti to form tiny holes.
  • Take a pan and coat it with some ghee. Place the roti on it and cook it on low heat. Add more ghee if needed and cook till it becomes crispy and brown.
  • Repeat the same with the remaining portions of the dough and serve.

8. Tandoori Roti

There are numerous versions of tandoori rotis. However, this one is simple and easy.

Tandoori Roti
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Baking powder – ¼ tsp
  • Maida – 1.5 cup

Total Cook Time:

  • About an hour and a half

Servings:

  • Around 5 tandoori rotis

How to Make:

  • Take a large bowl and mix together maida, salt and baking powder. Add some water and knead it to form a dough.
  • Keep the dough in a plastic container and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Once the dough has smoothened, take it out. Sprinkle a little maida over it and knead it again.
  • Make 5 balls from that dough. Take one of those, flatten it on a board, and roll it to form a chapati.
  • Place a wire grill frame on your stove and heat it up. Now, put the rolled roti on top of it.
  • Let it cook on direct heat until bubbles start appearing on it. Flip the roti and cook the other side as well. Let it cook only for a couple of minutes until it is nice and crispy.
  • Repeat for others and serve.

9. Pudina Roti

While roti might be the equivalent of standard bread for many, this preparation will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Pudina Roti
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Chilli paste – 1 tsp
  • Ghee
  • Wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Pudina – 2 cups

Total Cook Time:

  • Approximately half an hour

Servings:

  • About 10 pudina rotis

How to Make:

  • Take a pan and roast the pudina leaves on it. Once done, crush them gently.
  • Take a bowl and mix all ingredients with some water, knead them to form a dough.
  • Make 10 parts of the dough and roll each of them into a thin roti. Cook this roti on the pan with some ghee, till it turns brown in colour.
  • Repeat for each roti and serve hot.

Our culture thrives on different kinds of food preparation methods and techniques. With all the numerous chapati varieties out there, it is quite easy to add a small dash of surprise to your daily meals with little effort.

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